About

Mad Covid are an intersectional ally group. We understand that injustices within mental health services policy, funding, access and treatment are paralleled by those in wider society; racism, anti-blackness, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, islamophobia, ableism, fat-phobia and more besides.

Mad Covid denounces oppression in all its guises. We stand in solidarity with trans, queer, black and brown folx of all ethnicities, cultures, gender identities, sexualities, faiths, beliefs, sizes and abilities. We understand the fight for disability justice must be undertaken in coordination with Black liberation, trans rights, religious freedom, pronoun liberation and body liberation.

Mad Covid does not tolerate hate speech of any kind. We support the right of each individual to define their own mental health experience, but will not platform or support work which is exclusionary or oppressive to any group.

We fight for the rights, dignity and freedom of all.

If you have a project that could be hosted at MadCovid.com please get in touch!

Here we tell you a bit about who we are….

Bethan @pixiegirle

Bethan co-ordinates #MadCovidDiaries and is generally involved in most other MadCovid stuff! She has long term experience of living with a mental health condition and is passionate about survivor / service user collective activism. Amongst many things, Bethan was a Recovery in the Bin admin from 2018 – 2020, where she led a campaign resulting in the halting and amending of the #CALMEDTrial. She also wrote and co-delivered #Neorecovery: A survivor led conceptualisation and critique at the 25th International MHNR Conference, 2019. She has previously worked as a service user researcher and is involved in numerous studies as a co-applicant and in an advisory capacity.

Bethan openly leads a double life as a ‘professional’, having qualified as an occupational therapist in 2011. She currently works as an NHS research occupational therapist and is undertaking her PhD at Cardiff University.

Jo Edge @Hagenilda

Jo Edge manages our Hardship Fund. She is also a #MadCovidDiaries Diarist – you can read her diaries here.

@NellAitch

Nell makes zines and writes about her experience of mental ill health. She runs #Quaranzine and our Instagram account. She administers our Hardship Fund with Jo, Bethan and Ellie.

Ellie @lunaa__tic

Ellie has long-term experience of mental illness and identifies as psychiatrically disabled. She is a Mad Artist, openly disguised under the pseudonym Luna Tic.

She co-ordinates Mad Covid Voices and is also a #MadCovidDiaries diarist. She administers our Hardship Fund with Nell, Jo and Bethan.

Rachel Rowan Olive

Rachel Rowan Olive / @rrowanolive co-ordinates @pandemink #pandemink. When we’re not living through the apocalypse Rachel is part of a therapeutic arts community.

Matt

Matt spends the whole week thinking up good questions for MadCovid’s weekly Quarantine Quiztacular. Any spare few minutes he manages to find are spent on him submitting his PhD in Medieval Literature. He also lives with Bipolar 2 disorder as well as some long term physical disabilities, and is always happy to talk about the harm that lazy thinking and unhelpful attitudes can have towards those living with disability. He’s also pretty happy to talk about horror films, video games, D&D and poetry, so maybe don’t get him started on any of those.

Rai Waddingham

Rai is MadCovid’s expert assistant. She helps out editing the website, blogs and creating content. Rai compiled our Support and Information Page!

Will Mountford

Will Mountford lives in Bristol, and has a beard and glasses. Therefore, he makes podcasts.

Will produces and edits the Mad Conversations podcast, as well as hosting too. He’s a multi-skilled well of knowledge.

Deniz Gulduren

Deniz helps out with the MadCovid website and diaries. He’s been a vocal critic of the failures of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and campaigned on mental health issues with the UK Youth Parliament.

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